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Farmer Operates Southernmost Café in Iceland

Farmer Jakobína Elsa Ragnarsdóttir from Iceland’s southernmost farm of Gardar near Reynisfjara beach, a popular tourist destination because of the view of Dyrhólaey promonotory, has given up vegetable farming to open a café.

“I only have the café open when the weather is good. There are no facilities for guests when it’s raining,” Ragnarsdóttir told Morgunbladid. Her café is not only the southernmost café in Iceland but probably also the smallest one. There is no room for tables inside, but customers can enjoy their bread, cakes and beverages on chairs outside.

Ragnarsdóttir, who is a widow, runs the farm Gardar with her son, Ragnar Indridason. They have sheep and used to grow yellow turnips. “I gave up the turnips and decided to do something else instead,” Ragnarsdóttir said. “People used to sit here in the hillside and drink coffee, so I thought it would be perfect to establish a café.”

Many tourists stop in Reynisfjara to look at Dyrhólaey, which is just a stone’s throw away from Gardar. “People think it is exciting to have a cup of coffee after a walk on the beach. Many also buy food to take with them for lunch,” Ragnarsdóttir explained.

Ragnarsdóttir bakes most of the bread and cakes on sale herself. She said her marble cake is the most popular, but her oatmeal-rhubarb “Happy Marriage” cake is also popular as well as her traditional Icelandic flatbread.

The flatbread is served with slices of cold smoked lamb, hangikjöt, which originates from Gardar and Ragnarsdóttir’s son smokes himself. She also offers bread with smoked Arctic charr for sale, which she and her son fish in a nearby river.

The Gardar café opened last year and according to Ragnarsdóttir, business is doing fine. People have just come to realize that this service is available near Reynisfjara.

Reynisfjara has been in the news lately because of dangerous conditions on the beach.

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